Report: ‘Idol’ Contestant Matt Farmer Lied About Military Injury
Matt was the 26-year-old rock 'n' roll dad who was accompanied by his adorable 3-year-old daughter, Cadence, singing Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." His sob story was that he had been hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), also known as a roadside bomb, while serving in Iraq; that he had sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result; and that the medication he was subsequently prescribed was supposed to render him sterile (thus making Cadence a miracle baby).
But only one day after Matt's audition aired, Guardian Of Valor, a website that seeks to "out people who falsely claim military service and/or claim unauthorized medals or tabs," reported that that Matt's story wasn't quite holding up. The site quoted many soldiers who had allegedly served with Matt and refuted his claims.
For example, one soldier stated: "First Farmer was not sent home from being blown up in an IED explosion. He was sent home because he almost killed himself! He was sent home after they found him in seizures from taking unauthorized acne medication while consuming unauthorized alcohol while in Iraq. The medication with which he was referring to that 'almost made him sterile' was the acne medication! I bring this to your attention because as a retired vet, from the same unit as young Matt, I feel that it is incredibly morally unjust to our fallen brothers!"
At first, Matt responded to these allegations by contacting the Guardian Of Valor site directly, claiming that his interview with "Idol" producers had been edited out of context, and augmented with stock photos and video that he did not provide, to create a misleading but compelling backstory. But when Guardian Of Valor uncovered damning audio of Matt speaking at a church service telling a similar tale about being a sniper in Iraq, Matt sent an updated statement to the site, finally confessing that he had indeed lied on the show.